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Pioneers Who Got Scalped: The Anthology [Double CD]

Devo Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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"Thirty years ago, people said that we were cynical, that we had a bad attitude," says Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh. "But now, when you ask people if de-evolution is real, they understand that there was something to what we were saying. It’s not the kind of thing you want to see proven right, but it does make it easier to talk about."

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Product details

  • Audio CD (29 May 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B00004SUYJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 266,971 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. We're All Devo!
2. Jocko Homo (Booji Boy Version)
3. Mongoloid (Booji Boy Version)
4. Be Stiff (Stiff Version)
5. Uncontrollable Urge
6. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
7. Too Much Paranoias
8. Come Back Jonee
9. Triumph Of The Will
10. Smart Patrol/Mr. DNA
See all 26 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. General Boy Visits Apocalypse Now
2. Peek-A-Boo!
3. That's Good
4. Big Mess
5. One Dumb Thing
6. Theme From Doctor Detroit (Dance Mix)
7. Shout
8. Here To Go (Go Mix Version)
9. Are You Experienced?
10. I Wouldn't Do That To You
See all 24 tracks on this disc

Product Description


As this excellent two-CD anthology (with hologram cover, natch) shows, Devo were always under-estimated. Far too clever. Far too catchy. Too many flowerpots on heads, not enough mascara. Too much devo-lution, not enough evolution. Around the time of 1984's sixth album Shout, Mark Mothersbaugh's brittle, sharp anti-Americana, Captain Beefheart and Banana Splits-influenced quintet had degenerated into quirky self-parody. (Although some might claim they'd always been that.) Certainly, Devo weren't adverse to introducing elements of S&M into the pop charts ("Whip It"). Their debut single discussed Darwinism, Ted Browning's "Freaks" and the consumer society ("Jocko Homo"). The follow-up jerkily jumped up and down upon 15 years of popular culture ("Satisfaction"). Devo could never be accused of being boring. 1982's wilfully strange "Peek-A-Boo" was a precise, ordered, electro-groove, and their later groovalicious covers of "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini" (from Revenge Of The Nerds II) and Jimi Hendrix have to be heard to be believed. As Pioneers Who Got Scalped shows, Devo were a fine, fine band. --Everett True

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Compilation marred by inclusion of remixes 24 Sep 2004
Format:Audio CD
This could have been a great collection of Devo's best works. However, it is marred by the bizarre decision to include alternative mix versions rather than the originals of key classic tracks. The strengths of the songs on these remixes are hidden by the producers' obsession with silly effects, which may have seemed interesting at a time when samplers were first arriving on the scene, but now sound very dated in a way that the original versions do not.
I have loved Devo since I first discovered them in my early teens around the period of their third album, Freedom of Choice. However, reflecting on their musical development with the benefit of hindsight, it's such a pity that synthesizers became more dominant in their sound with each new album.
People often speak about the first album as a landmark in synthesized rock, but, in reality, it is guitars and real drums come across most strongly, with the synths used merely as adournements. Synth sounds date much more quickly than guitar music, which is why most 80s music sounds so unbearably naff. Consequently, Are We Not Men still sounds fresh in a way that most of the later albums do not. It would be great if Devo reformed and re-recorded some of their later output using the instrumentation and production values of Are We Not Men.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All The De Evolution You Need 23 Mar 2003
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This is an excellent compilation which makes a remarkably good job of visiting the most important tracks in the band's history. Maybe appropriately, although they were influential and unique in their early days, the band found it hard to evolve out of their perceived quirkiness(that's what happens with plant pot headgear and orange boilersuits). But just look at the classics on here: Come Back Jonee, Satisfaction, Be Stiff, Whip It, Girl U Want, Freedom Of Choice. The music is spiky, fractured,funky in a weird sort of way but above all entertaining. This is the perfect introduction to Devo and in truth, unless you're a really commited fan, everything you need in the one package. This release also comes with comprehensive sleeve notes making it a very worthwhile purchase.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the catchiest groups you will ever here! 18 Sep 2009
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Love it. This was first of their albums I ever listened to. Since then I have bought all the albums and their video. Contains different versions of some songs plus other tracks you can't get on their albums. So had to buy it. Its also rare.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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All the key Devo tracks on two CD's. This is just the way to replace vinyl. It is years since I saw them, but the music is still just a fresh as the first time. They were way ahead of their time, and still no one has quite caught them up. This is post-punk, probably "Techno" music dating back from the 80's. Cover version of "Satisfaction" is truly a unique interpretation - play the Stones' original, then listen to Devo. It's fantastic.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Devo: Here to Go 11 Dec 2003
Format:Audio CD
Here is a very good career spanning collection with decent sound quality, a nice packaging, and a 52-page booklet which includes the band's biography and pictures. I was only rather recently introduced to Devo and as a start, a few years ago I bought both of the 1990's Greatest Hits and Greatest Misses albums. After a few listens --considering my particular music taste-- I was not very much impressed by the songs I heard. I put the discs away on the shelf for another couple of years, barely having paid any attention to the fact that except for one song, the final three Devo albums from 1984, 1988, and 1990 were not represented on either of the Hits or Misses CD's. Luckily though, shortly after the release of this anthology, I suddenly decided to invest in buying it, and I am not at all disappointed to find out there are lot's of nice upbeat tunes from Devo's later albums on the second disc. After a bit of meditating, and with the intention of reducing my CD collection to the bare essentials, I decided to sell both of the Hits and Misses CD's to our local music store. Interestingly, due to my music taste leaning heavily towards the 80's synth-pop, I very much like both of "Shout" (1984 - now out of print), and "Total Devo" (1988) albums, despite most fans dismissing them as un-inspired works. By the way, the omission of the rare track "Penetration In The Centerfold" is probably an oversight, but this collection does include several of Devo's contributions to the movie soundtracks which were non-album tracks. This is all the more justifying why "Pioneers Who Got Scalped" is very likely destined to be an indispensable addition to your music library.
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